Child Welfare

A Shaky Start for New Data on Sex Trafficking Victims, Prenatal Drug Exposure

The federal government’s annual Child Maltreatment publication, released last month, showed a continuing trendline on the report’s central issue. The number of child maltreatment investigations has risen by nearly 10 percent since 2014 – the amount […]

Child Welfare

Klobuchar, Murkowski Introduce Bill on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) introduced legislation today that would restore long lost federal dollars to help children affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol. The Advancing FASD Research, Prevention […]

Family

Can We Walk You Home?

Throughout the evening, the three brothers described to me the years of abuse they experienced in foster care. They were made to stand in the corner of rooms for hours. They were forced to clean […]

Child Welfare

The Substance Abuse Program Los Angeles Hopes Can Help Overhaul its Dependency Drug Courts

Sacramento County could hold the key to better addressing widespread substance abuse issues in Los Angeles County’s child welfare system. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to create a plan to improve […]

Child Welfare

Courtney Allen Broke the Cycle of Addiction for Her Boys. Now She’s Helping Other Parents Do the Same.

Today we conclude a four-part series on Maine’s struggles with maternal substance abuse, which has placed a heavy stress on the state’s hospitals and child welfare system. This series, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Barbara […]

Child Welfare

In One Year of Life, Hundreds of Trips to the Doctor

Today we continue a four-part series on Maine’s struggles with maternal substance abuse, which has placed a heavy stress on the state’s hospitals and child welfare system. This series, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Barbara […]